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Windows 7: Unplugging a computer & modem/router combo saved me about $40...

05 May 2015   #1
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 
Unplugging a computer & modem/router combo saved me about $40...

Unplugging a computer & modem/router combo save me about $40 USD a month off of our electric bill.

I have an all-one computer (Not a laptop) supposedly energy star efficient. I actually done a test but I don't know if it is the computer or the modem/router combo. The computer received power while it was off, the router was always on. I changed that, the computer and the modem/router combo is now totally unplugged so I saved $40.00 off of our electric bill. The computer & modem/router combo is now unplugged for 6 to 12 hours a day.


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05 May 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I use surge protectors on both my computers and modems/router.
When I turn off the computers I also turn off the surge protectors which turns off everything including my router and modem.

Everything that hooks to my computers are hooked to the surge protectors;
speakers, printers, ect. So everything is turned off. (No power)

You can also use this method for a T.V.
When a T.V. is off it isn't really off, it's in kind of in standby mode using electricity.
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05 May 2015   #3
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
I changed that, the computer and the modem/router combo is now totally unplugged so I saved $40.00 off of our electric bill.
Can you provide the arithmetic on how you calculated that as $40?

How much do you pay per killowatt hour for electricity?
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05 May 2015   #4
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I am very skeptical that a computer, router and modem would use $40/month of electricity. I agree with, ignatzatsonic, need to know how you came up with the $40 figure.
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05 May 2015   #5
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Ok $30 to $40 USD. It is a Comcast modem/router combo and a dell computer. I did a test that is how. Dosn't matter on the kilowatts per hour. I did a test, for a few months both ways. That why I didn't say anything about it before confirming this. I do have them plugged into a surge protector. Now instead of leaving the surge Procter plugged in at night, it comes unplugged. Our bill use to run around $110 now runs around $80 this was during the winter. I consider that proof enough for us.

Layback bear, I unplug more stuff if a storm is suppose to happen, to prevent either a direct or indirect electrical surge from lighting.
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05 May 2015   #6
derekimo

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That still seems like quite a bit, not trying to disprove anything but my entire electric bill averages $40-$45 a month.

I have the Comcast modem/router combo and a plasma tv running 24/7 along with the usual household appliances.

Kilowatts per hour actually might be a factor.

Either way, good on you for reducing your bill.
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05 May 2015   #7
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
That still seems like quite a bit, not trying to disprove anything but my entire electric bill averages $40-$45 a month.

I have the Comcast modem/router combo and a plasma tv running 24/7 along with the usual household appliances.

Kilowatts per hour actually might be a factor.

Either way, good on you for reducing your bill.

I am not saying it is the dell computer, it could be the Comcast modem/router which I wouldn't be surprised at all. The reason, even though I am renting this is I had the modem/router replaced at least 4 times. After the last replacement, I decided to do the test after seeing are our high electrical bill, it took a few month of testing. The last replacement was actually caused by a electrical surge from a lighting strike. Avg cost now is .1333 per KWh USD plus taxes and fees if any.
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05 May 2015   #8
derekimo

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We have a tier system for our electric rates, tier 1 is the lowest and tier 4 the highest rates.

I usually use up all my tier 1 and end up in tier 2 rates by the end of the month.

Tier 1 rates are .16352 kWh

Tier 2 rates are .18673 kWh

I never reach the other tiers.

Interesting test anyway.
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05 May 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

You never know about Comcast
They do wifi sharing with other Comcast users

But yea it does seem like a lot of savings.
What do you have a 20k watt psu
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05 May 2015   #10
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post

I have the Comcast modem/router combo and a plasma tv running 24/7 along with the usual household appliances.

You can try it if you want when you know you are not going to use the computer for awhile. If you depend on voip or wifi 24/7 then I wouldn't do that. While unplugged those services won't work. Comcast Voip will work for a little while unplugged. Comcast voice mail should still work.
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